The #MeToo movement has completely rocked mainstream discourse about sexual harassment and assault. For the first time in recent memory, men accused of sexual misconduct are facing repercussions for their behavior at a seemingly record rate, and it feels like society is slowly inching away from victim-blaming survivors to believing and protecting them. But even with all of these steps forward, there is still a litany of men such as Brock Turner and Donald Trump who haven't learned anything in 2017.
These are the men who find themselves unable to acknowledge the validity of the #MeToo movement without caveats. In the same breath that they acknowledge how important it is to listen to women, they say that it's #NotAllMen. Or, they defend alleged perpetrators of sexual assault while shrugging off accusations also made about themselves. They use their track record on supporting women's rights to indicate that they could not be guilty of sexual misconduct. And they joke half-seriously about how dangerous it is to be a man right now "because being friendly might be misconstrued as harassment." They repeatedly mention that they are fathers, brothers, uncles to women and therefore are able to vouch for women's experiences. Frequently, they posture as though the rules simply do not apply to them.
2017 has seen a lot of these types of men. Here are some of this year's most reliable examples: